Angelina Jolie is opening up about her oldest son, Maddox, revealing he will head back to South Korea for school after “things settle” surrounding the pandemic. The 18-year-old recently reunited with his famous mom and five siblings — Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11 — in Los Angeles following the travel ban being put in place. Keeping a positive attitude about her son’s future plans with school, Angelina Jolie addressed his return to Yonsei University in Seoul, speaking openly to DongA Daily, South Korea’s oldest news outlet.
Revealing she “could not be happier” with Maddox’s choice of school, the “Maleficent” actress said, “It is, of course, closed at the moment because of the pandemic. But he’s not transferring school, he’ll be back as soon as things settle.” Angelina Jolie also added that the rest of her children are benefiting too from their older brother’s studies. “We are all so happy, as a family, that we will have the opportunity to get to know South Korea even better through Maddox, and with him, during his studies,” she added. Like many college students around the world, Maddox’s classes got canceled due to the growing pandemic. PEOPLE confirmed the young adult was back with his mother and siblings in the City of Angels last week.
Despite stepping into normal mom roles, like homeschooling her children during this trying time, Angelina Jolie addressed her concern that many kids won’t be getting the education they deserve right now. “Being suddenly out of school and cut off from friends is hard for anyone, but in some countries, if a young person’s education is interrupted in this way, they may never be able to go back, because they have to go to work or face other pressures,” she told DongA Daily.
Stating there’s “an urgent need to help young people” continue their education, Angelina Jolie said she is working with UNESCO and a Global Education Coalition to “ensure they able to get their qualifications and that they get the other kinds of support they need.” The “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” actress recently donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry. The organization focuses on distributing meals to kids in America who solely relied on getting fed at school.